The U.S. Census Bureau has launched is sub-county inhabitants estimates from April 2010 to July 2020. That features inhabitants estimates for the 1,200 integrated locations in Texas.
9 extra Texas cities had been integrated up to now decade, whereas 13 extra cities surpassed a inhabitants of fifty,000.
The Texas Demographic Heart reported that of the 71 Texas cities with populations of greater than 50,000, solely two misplaced inhabitants — persevering with the development of smaller cities and areas within the state shedding inhabitants to bigger cities. Greater than 55% of the state’s inhabitants development has been in cities with greater than 50,000 residents.
Small and mid-sized cities surrounding main metropolitan areas, reminiscent of Dallas-Fort Value, Austin and Houston, noticed the quickest development charges, whereas lots of the cities in West Texas and the Panhandle had been among the many 372 Texas cities that misplaced inhabitants, in response to TDC.
Emergency meals advantages prolonged
Advantages for households beneath a federal diet plan have been elevated via September, the Texas Well being and Human Providers Fee introduced final week.
Underneath the American Rescue Plan signed by President Biden in March, states can present eligible households as much as $35 monthly to buy contemporary fruit and veggies. Shoppers of the Girls, Infants and Youngsters (WIC) program are eligible.
“Texas WIC gives meals which have nice dietary worth — offering key vitamins at key phases of improvement,” Texas WIC Director Edgar Curtis mentioned. “This dietary help early in life builds stronger, smarter, more healthy and happier youngsters and Texans. Recent fruit and veggies, that are loaded with nutritional vitamins and different plant-based vitamins, are on the forefront of that technique.”
The HHSC additionally introduced it’s offering roughly $208 million in emergency meals advantages beneath the Supplemental Diet Help Program, extending the utmost SNAP advantages allowable via June. All SNAP recipients will get a minimal of $95 in emergency allotment, along with the 15% improve that continues via September.
This system is funded by the U.S. Division of Agriculture and administered by HHSC.
State to launch $5 billion in class federal help
Months after congressional motion on a coronavirus aid bundle, the Texas Training Company introduced Friday that college districts might start making use of for his or her portion of $5 billion in help.
In line with the Austin American-Statesman, how a lot every district will obtain varies. Districts that noticed massive enrollment declines due to the pandemic will doubtless not obtain as a lot cash, as a result of TEA will divert a number of the funds to make up for funding supplied at pre-pandemic ranges.
A lot of public-school funding in Texas relies on common each day attendance. Nonetheless, throughout the 2020-2021 college 12 months, districts weren’t penalized when college students stayed residence.
Consultants: Weatherization invoice falls brief
The Texas Legislature handed Senate Invoice 3 in response to February’s lethal storm and widespread failure of energy crops. The bundle addresses the issues that threaten electrical reliability, however public radio’s Texas Customary experiences that many electrical grid consultants and coverage analysts say not sufficient has been executed to forestall one other blackout catastrophe.
One part of SB3 permits regulators to find out what parts of the pure gasoline provide should be weatherized. Because it solely applies to tools that straight connects to energy crops, consultants say it won’t be sufficient.
Dan Cohan, civil engineering professor at Rice College, instructed the Customary that “whoever has these direct traces into the ability crops and winterizes these goes to level upstream and say ‘properly these upstream individuals couldn’t get us sufficient gasoline.’ So yeah, it’s exhausting to see how that is going to supply us full protection.”
As well as, critics say the penalties of $5,000 a day for not doing the required weatherization quantity to little greater than a rounding error for non-complying oil and gasoline firms.
GOP chairman resignation sparks hypothesis
Texas Republican Get together chairman Allen West resigned Friday, sparking hypothesis he’s contemplating a statewide race.
The Republican get together issued a press release that West “will take this chance to prayerfully mirror on a brand new chapter in his already distinguished profession.” West has not dominated out difficult Gov. Greg Abbott, who final week touted a re-election endorsement from former President Trump.
COVID-19 circumstances dropping; 36% totally vaccinated
The variety of new COVID-19 circumstances in Texas continues to drop, with 9,534 reported as of Sunday for the earlier week — a small fraction of mid-January’s file excessive of almost 159,000.
Prior to now week, 210 deaths from COVID-19 in Texas had been reported, in response to the Johns Hopkins College Coronavirus Useful resource Heart. That can also be a lower.
The variety of Texans totally vaccinated stands at 10.5 million, in response to the Texas Division of State Well being Providers, or about 36% of the state’s inhabitants. The variety of lab-confirmed COVID-19 sufferers who’re hospitalized dropped almost a fifth from the earlier week, to 1,504, in response to DSHS.
Gary Borders is a veteran award-winning Texas journalist. He printed a variety of group newspapers in Texas throughout a 30-year span, together with in Longview, Fort Stockton, Nacogdoches and Cedar Park. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.